While the recent smack down between Bill Nye and Ken Ham grabbed all the headlines, the scientific community was far more captivated by a debate featuring physicist Sean Carroll and theologian William Lane Craig that explored the existence of God in light of contemporary cosmology.
By Mark Strauss – io9
Carroll is a physicist at CalTech and the author of From Eternity to Here: The Search for the Ultimate Theory of Time. Craig is a Christian theologian and philosopher, and regarded as one of the most formidable debaters in the country.
Craig’s main arguments rested upon the premises that: (1) the universe must be caused, and the cause is God and (2) the parameters of the universe appear designed for the existence of life. Carroll responded that the notion of a „cause“ isn’t part of an appropriate vocabulary to use for discussing fundamental physics. Rather, modern physical models take the form of unbreakable patterns — laws of Nature — that persist without any external causes.
A focal point of Carroll’s concluding argument was, „Which worldview predicts best?“ He went on to contrast the predictive success of theism vs. naturalism: